It’s November — time to clean out your camper and snap up early-bird special rates for the 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival. We’re by no means done, but the lineup already boasts a fantastic mix of bluegrass greats, from Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band to Della Mae and the HillBenders (performing their astounding rendition of “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”). Austin stars Shinyribs, Sarah Jarosz, Hayes Carll, David Ramirez, and Carolyn Wonderland and are also appearing, along with hot up-and-comers the Dustbowl Revival, The Accidentals and Houston’s soul sensation The Suffers.
In addition to 2015 Grammy winners The Earls of Leicester, the roster includes the Brothers Comatose, Sierra Hull and jammers the Jeff Austin Band. Americana artists The Black Lillies, The Wood Brothers and Fort Worth’s Green River Ordinance share the roster with acts to watch including L.A. “roots orchestra” (and Dick Van Dyke faves) the Dustbowl Revival, surprise Austin City Limits Festival stars The Suffers and Michigan-based South By Southwest 2015 Billboard Breakout Act the Accidentals. You can look forward to hearing beloved locals Jarosz and Carll deliver new material from their highly anticipated spring releases, along with treats like the Jay Farrar (Trio’s) performance of songs from “Trace,” Son Volt’s 5-star debut album.
We’ll have more than 30 award-winning roots, bluegrass and Americana artists taking the festival’s four stages, including the Discovery (workshop) stage, sponsored this year by the Bluegrass Situation, the organization founded by actor/comedian/picker Ed Helms.
In October, we proudly announced a new scholarship program for music majors attending two area colleges. To learn more, click here. Old Settler’s also donates funds to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Kids in a New Groove and the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.
Discounted early-bird packages are on sale now. Early-bird options are: four-day with camping, three-day (Friday through Sunday) with camping, three-day without camping and the all-inclusive platinum pass. (Children 12 and under may attend free when accompanied by a paid adult.)
These packages give you a savings of up to 23% over regular tickets, and only a limited number are available at this price. Buying early assures access to camping at the popular Ben McCulloch grounds, site of a fourth stage with shows on Thursday and Sunday, plus special late-night jam sessions. Camping has sold out completely in recent years. Buy your tickets today!